Red Sox are finally digging the long ball again

Ruben Holloway
May 3, 2018

With most teams at or around 30 games played, that puts us on pace for over 30 three-homer games, which would obliterate the record of 22 set in 2001. Boston had won three of its last four contests heading into the opener on Thursday. It was Betts' fourth career 3-HR game, setting a new franchise record.

"The way he hit that ball, he didn't have to run", Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez said.

Edwin Encarnacion of the Cleveland Indians and Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox each hit three home runs on Wednesday. It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts.

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But the Red Sox unraveled him in the third inning. "When he gets going like that, that's pretty cool". Duffy is 0-4 in six starts against Boston, the only AL team he has yet to beat.

Betts and Martinez are leading the way for sure, but Rafael Devers (4), Mitch Moreland (4), Hanley Ramirez (3), Eduardo Nunez (3) and Xander Bogaerts (3) have also helped make the Sox a long ball threat once again. Porcello has 38 strikeouts in 40.1 innings this year.

With the sun shining and the 86-degree game-time temperature ideal for hitting home runs, the Red Sox hit four of them, three by Betts and one by J.D. Martinez, who launched a two-run shot in the fourth inning to tie the game, 3-3.

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Adding to the power day at Fenway, J.D. Martinez hit his 6th home run. Expect those trends to continue.

Among the many things that have gone right for Boston this season, the Red Sox defense has been near the top of the list.

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When you look at Betts's career splits, his numbers from the leadoff spot look relatively similar to his numbers in the second or cleanup spots in the order: right around a.300 bating average and.350 on-base percentage, with a slight variation in slugging (around.500 at leadoff and cleanup, but down to.430 hitting second). Jose Urena (0-5) allowed two runs, one earned, in seven innings.

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